Greetings,
 
As we take time to celebrate and give thanks with our family and friends this week, I am reminded of what a truly special community we have and the many people -- students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends who make Arizona Law the institution we love.

To all of you who have given back, whether in the form of a monetary donation, a planned gift, your time, your counsel to current and prospective students, by joining the new online alumni directory, or with your moral support -- THANK YOU.  Your contributions have a big impact and we are grateful.


In the spirit of giving thanks and giving back, in this issue we spotlight the Huerta Scholars Program and the 2015 #GivingTuesday campaign and profile three Huerta Scholars.

Until the footnotes,
 
Marc 
 
The Huerta Scholars Program and Giving Tuesday 

Last year we participated in our first Giving Tuesday campaign.  While the event was new for the college, in true Arizona Law fashion you responded.

To the many people who participated in Giving Tuesday and supported our
Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program last year, thank you.  You helped us recruit a record-breaking class of Native students to the college through the 2014 Huerta Scholars Program #GivingTuesday campaign.

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and motivate action for the common good.  It falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving -- just after Cyber Monday (this year on December 1).
 
Through the Huerta Scholars Program, leadership gifts from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman, PLLC, and the generosity of our community, IPLP this fall 2015 semester was able to triple the number of Native American students entering the law school from just two years ago
 
This year, IPLP's Giving Tuesday goal is to double the impact of this generosity.
 
We invite the Arizona Law community to join us in investing an additional $120,000 or more toward helping Native law students to realize their professional and personal dreams through legal education -- for themselves, their families, and their tribal communities.
 
The Huerta Scholars Program was established by Arizona Law in 2014 in honor of Judge Lawrence Huerta ('53, at right), a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the first Native American to graduate from the University of Arizona's law school and to practice law in Arizona.  Read more about Judge Huerta's remarkable career as an Indian rights lawyer here.   
 
This year's campaign is co-chaired by Professor Rob Williams (below, right) and alumnus Gabriel Galanda ('00), of the Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman.  Professor Williams points out that 9 percent of students entering this year's fall 2015 JD class and 7 percent of all new Arizona Law graduate students are Native Americans.
 
"Both numbers," Williams notes, "are historic highs for the time I've been here, since 1987, actively recruiting Native students."
 
"Think of it," says Galanda. "In one single year, the law school recruited and admitted a total of 19 Native students, with six of those students coming from Arizona tribes. That's never happened before. The Huerta Scholars Program is key in the success of these recruitment efforts. We have to keep it going."
 
If American Indian legal rights and providing opportunities for Native law students and their tribes are important issues to you, please consider giving the first billable hour of your day, or any amount, to the Huerta Scholars Program for Giving Tuesday.  There are several ways you can help:
  • You don't have to wait for December 1. Please visit the Arizona Law giving page and select "Huerta Scholars" from the drop-down menu. Every donation, no matter the size, will help with our goal and inspire others to participate.
  • For campaign updates and links you can share among your networks, please follow Arizona Law's social media outlets (Arizona Law Twitter and Arizona Law Facebook feeds). Use hashtags #HuertaScholars and #GivingTuesday.
  • Watch the IPLP website for additional information about Judge Huerta, the Huerta Scholars, and our impact on Native communities.

Current Huerta Scholars, profiled below, say THANK YOU!!! 

 
IPLP students and alumni are making real differences in tribal communities in Arizona and around the world.  Celebrate our gratitude, Judge Huerta, and Native law students this 2015 Giving Tuesday through the IPLP Huerta Scholars Program.
 
 
Meet the 2015 Huerta Scholars
 
Francisco Olea ('18)

 

The first student to receive the Huerta Scholars Program's full tuition scholarship and matching financial aid award for 2015-16 is Francisco Olea, a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. 

Francisco is the first member of his tribe to grow up on the Pascua Yaqui reservation and attend the College of Law.  His future career plans?
 
"I would most certainly love to return to the reservation to assist with the implementation of changes that would immediately impact the community (i.e., education advocacy, violence and criminal justice reform, drug problem issues, etc.); but ultimately I see myself moving forward as a champion for tribal nations and indigenous peoples around the globe. My proficiency in multiple languages, deep understanding of indigenous cultures, and appreciation for the importance of preserving Native traditions and cultural values compels me to foresee that I may very well offer my services to those that need it across the nation and world."
 
Francisco, right, pictured with
Pascua Yaqui Tribe Attorney General Fred Urbina ('08) and Judge Huerta ('53).
 


Anna N. Hohag ('17)

 

Anna Hohag was born and raised in the Bishop Paiute Tribe community in California. 

Before law school, Anna worked for a tribe in San Diego County for two years.  She holds leadership positions on both the University of Arizona and National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) boards.  Her future career plans?
 
"After graduating law school, I plan to use my knowledge learned from the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program to work in Indian Country and help advocate for tribal rights. I also hope to provide mentorship to youth in Native communities to help them pursue their higher educational goals."
 
 

Jacob Metoxen ('18)

 

Jacob Metoxen is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.  Prior to law school, he served as policy advisor to the Chairwoman of the tribe.  His career goals:
 
"While in that position I began to understand the value of acquiring knowledge before making decisions and also the responsibilities we have to speak up for those who don't have a voice. After earning my degree, I hope to work on policy that connects people to resources and creates more sustainable infrastructure."
  

Jacob introducing his newest family member to Judge Huerta. 


Lady Justice
Lady Justice is a guiding symbol to many of us in the legal community. 

For Judge Huerta, she represents so much more.  At the time of his graduation from law school, family and friends asked his parents what gift they were giving their son. 

Upon learning of the graduation giving tradition, this family of humble means made a striking handmade statue of Lady Justice with the simple materials they had on hand -- tortilla flour, water, and various household items. 

Six decades later, when we launched the Huerta Scholars campaign in 2014, Judge Huerta brought his graduation gift to be a part of the 2014 IPLP graduation and blanket ceremony. 

Following the touching ceremony, he stunned us beyond words by gifting the college his cherished statue.  She currently stands proudly displayed in the Cracchiolo Law Library as a meaningful symbol of Judge Huerta's legacy and of dreams realized through legal education.




On #GivingTuesday, will you stand with Lady Justice, Judge Huerta, and Native law students with your donation to the Huerta Scholars Program?  Start here.

Footnotes
Opportunity to Help Detained Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

The UA Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project need your help. These two groups are jointly launching an effort to ensure high-quality representation for immigrant women detained in Arizona with strong claims for asylum based on severe domestic violence.
 
If you are looking for a pro bono opportunity that will develop a diverse set of legal skills, including brief-writing and oral advocacy, give you the opportunity to work closely with a survivor of domestic violence, gain expertise in asylum law, and be a part of a social justice campaign, please consider joining this effort.
 
Currently, the project organizers are seeking attorneys to take on these cases at the trial court level. Attorneys do not need to have experience in immigration to participate. Every participating attorney will receive training, close mentoring, and access to a database with extensive samples and resources.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Professor Nina Rabin (at right) at (520) 621-9206 or rabin@email.arizona.edu or Charles Vernon at (520) 300-4397 or cvernon@firrp.org. We hope to hear from you!
 
Learn more here (PDF).
Galanda Broadman Top Indian and Gaming Law Firm
 
The firm Galanda Broadman has been named US News top Indian and Gaming law firm for the fourth year in a row. 

The firm's two named partners, Gabriel Galanda ('00, right) and Anthony S. Broadman ('07), and a total of four of the firm's staff of eight attorneys are Arizona Law graduates:
 
Gabriel S. Galanda ('00)
Anthony S. Broadman ('07)
Ryan D. Dreveskracht ('09)
R. Joseph Sexton ('06)
 
Professor Massaro's Work in the News

Massaro, Toni A paper coauthored by Professor Toni Massaro and Helen L. Norton (University of Colorado School of Law) on artificial intelligence speech is the subject of a recent Wall Street Journal Law Blog article, "Could Computers Have First Amendment Rights?"

Read the blog article here.

 
Remember to join the Arizona Law online alumni directory and to encourage your fellow alumni to sign up, too (contact us for instructions). The winner of our weekly drawing from among new directory members is Francesca Montenegro ('07). Congratulations! We will draw another winner next Wednesday morning, so sign up now!


Again, our deepest thanks for all you do, for Arizona Law and for our society. We hope your holidays are warm and filled with time with family and friends. 
 
Warmly,
  
  
  
Marc L. Miller  
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
 
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